If you're a fan of Gelina or GTA, you'll love Gjusta, if you can find it! I've been doing a lot of walking over my spring break and Gjusta is about a two mile walk from my house. After I pass the
homeless people on Washington and Lincoln, and my favorite vintage '60's store at Victoria and Lincoln, I walk a little further to Sunset Avenue. There it becomes a kind of cool residential hipster area in Venice. An unmarked screen door awaits about
6 blocks down, which both annoys and pleases me at the same time. I know it's hip and chic to make people have to "find" you but unless you're a Gold's gym regular; you may never know it exists. So,just like GTA the seating at Gjusta is the very
posh milk cartons in the back parking lot. (They aren't zoned for chairs yet). I prefer the marble coffee counter. But I call it standing. I love the people who work there though. Everyone is happy and smiling and always glad to help. As you might know
I am a big fan of GTA's chocolate chip oatmeal cookies ($3) and Gjusta has the same ones. So of course I had to get some of these. And yes, I did eat dessert first. You never know what can happen. Check out the bakery first, you can't help it. The sourdough
baguettes are fresh and cruncy. Sourdough loaves are magnificent as are the whole grain breads. Flatbreads are next on my list to buy along with croissants and quiche. The next section is house-cured meats and fish. The coffee bar is on the right.The menu
is psoted on the wall. I love the Rotisserie Porchetta sandwich ($15) on a sourdouh baguette with olive oil, salt & pepper, horseradish, and pesto. Porchetta is crispy and juicy and the sandwich is very filling. We also love the Chicken Pie ($12)
with big pieces of chicken and Yukon potatoes. The buttery crust is another plus! So walk yourself over (the parking lot is awful) or park on Main Street, but do give it a try! You'll be glad you did! Gjusta 320 Sunset Avenue, Venice. (310) 314-0320.
Hours Daily: 7a.m.-7 p.m.
Recommended Dishes: Porchetta, Chicken Pie, Bread, Cookies.